February Snow Totals: Tahoe Ski Resorts Smash Monthly Snowfall Records
What’s come to be known as #FebruBURIED, the month of February 2019 saw epic snow totals in Northern California mountains. For many Sierra Nevada ski resorts, the snow totals were the most they’ve ever seen in a month’s span.
Tahoe Weather released their snow totals for the month of February and they are startling. Two mountains saw over 300 inches of snow during the month and four mountains have already recorded over 500 inches of snow this season. Here are the full totals:
Squaw Valley Resort is the clear winner this year with 300 inches in February and 557 inches on the season. Their monthly snowfall in February was smashed by more than 100 inches. But it was Homewood, located on Tahoe’s west shore, that saw the most snow in February with 328 inches. Both snow totals for the month were records at the mountains.
With the new snow, Vail ski resorts in Tahoe are already extending their seasons for another week. Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood are now set to close for the season on April 28, April 21 and April 14, which is a week longer than their previously announced closing dates.
The crazy snowfall this winter has been a winter wonderland for ski bums, while also creating issues for local officials. Road closures have been prevalent throughout the month, with the popular stretch of Interstate 80 between Sacramento and Tahoe closing down multiple times. Many ski resorts have needed to close during intense storms and there was even a historic avalanche on Mount Shasta.
Meanwhile, the Department of Water Resources announced the Sierra Nevada snowpack was 153 percent of normal, which is nearly doubled what is what during the last measurement.
This is all great news for water storage and wildfire concerns come summer. But for now, you can just enjoy the epic powder on the mountain.